It's a rotten shame to have the state close down our regional treatment center, and duplicate their services in a residential neighborhood that does not need it nor want it.
The facilities we now have are in good shape, provide good services and simply should not be closed.
Scattering these services into smaller units throughout the community, cannot be cost effective, nor make common sense. Our state hospital provides long term and medium term psychiatric services that are needed in central Minnesota. Their programs are effective and successful. State government is making yet another huge mistake, in fact it's a shame and a sham.
Respect the opinions of others
In his recent commentary on the CLC group People Uniting For Peace, the author's support of free speech seems to depend on whether he agrees with the opinion the speech expresses or not. True freedom of speech depends on tolerance, not the actions of our military. I am glad the author had a chance to express his opinion, I only wish he had more respect for the opinions of others.
MPCA sponsored energy conference
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, I attended a public forum titled; "Minnesota's Energy Future: Community Energy and Economic Opportunity."
The forum was sponsored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and was held in their Brainerd office. The theme of the forum was about renewable and alternative energy sources. Some of the topics included solar energy, green power/pricing, wind energy, ethanol, biodiesel and much more. Different agencies presented what renewable energy resources were available through their agency. Some of these were; Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), Community-Based Economic Development, Inc. (C-BED) and Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network (BAELN). Other agencies were also represented. Our Minnesota Legislature has established a goal of having 10 percent of our energy resources be renewable energy by 2015.
This makes this topic very pertinent and important. However, it is also important for local economics, potential jobs and protection of our environment.
All of the presenters were very informational as well as thought provoking. I applaud all those who organized and participated in this forum. I hope dialogue and informational forums on renewable energy will continue.
House District 12A Candidate
U.S. efforts spur terrorists
Now Bush and Cheney are whining that people searching for the truth might rewrite the propaganda this administration used to justify the Iraq war. That might be funny if tens of thousands of lives hadn't been lost.
Maybe some goodwill come of their mess but that is no excuse for what Bush and Cheney have done. Bush needs to stand up like a man and take responsibility by telling us the truth even if it means his impeachment. Then Cheney needs to step down into his generous taxpayer-funded retirement.
Osama could not have asked for better recruiters than these two. They have turned Iraq into the biggest terrorist training ground the world has ever seen. How long will it be before those newly trained terrorists take their skills and disperse throughout the world?
What do the Iraqi children think of America after watching the bombs fall on their homes? Imagine how the world would view America if we had spent the hundreds of billions of dollars that Bush has squandered in Iraq on hospitals, roads, clean water supplies and schools. Don't ask for anything in return. Just do it because it is the right thing to do. Would those children still want to kill Americans when they grow up?
An unwinnable war
Luke Hagglund's column was an example of the hypocrisy anti-war activists encounter regularly. He supports student free-speech only if PUP says what he wants to hear. It's obvious that if PUP were a group of war enthusiasts Hagglund wouldn't have been moved to complain. He thinks he should judge which groups and causes are legitimate.
This letter cannot address all his inaccuracies, inferences, assumptions and distortions. He is in error stating that the banner marking the 2000th death was made up "well in advance" and was "morbid." I made both the "2000 DEAD" sign and the banner, consisting of sheets of names taped together, on the day of the 2000th death. Tears and goosebumps were two of my reactions during that process. After the candlelight vigil, which respectfully and sadly commemorated the senseless loss of so many, mostly young, lives, these materials were offered to PUP. We believe in recycling and reuse as well as in peace. BACP members are proud to cooperate with any group sharing similar philosophy and goals, especially young people working for a better, more peaceful future.
Hagglund largely avoids the issues at hand: the justification for and progress of the war and public reaction to it. The rationale for the war he supports has been exposed as duplicitous, the war is a disaster and the public is seeing through the lies that led to 2,000, now almost 2,100, dead in 2 1/2 years of combat, greater than the toll during the corresponding period of the Vietnam War. Hagglund seems quite comfortable with this. Luke, how many thousands of deaths are acceptable?
The real irritant for pro-war folks is that they've lost public support and it will never return. The war is unwinnable. How many more of our young should be sacrificed?
Look for the good news
I enjoy seeing news on the front page of the newspaper that isn't about the wars in the world and the other horrors that go on in the world. What is unimportant about the young people in our world and what they are doing? It's great to see them on the front page!
Thank you, Dispatch, for the good news I've been seeing on the front page lately. Hey may, look for the good.
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